A new book is detailing how Charles William Fry, a Wesleyan Methodist evangelist and builder, unwittingly formed the first Salvation Army band in spring 1878.

Originating from Alderbury, Fry offered his family's support to The Christian Mission's ministry in Salisbury.

Known as the 'Happy Family,' Fry and his relatives sold their home and business to travel the UK aiding General William Booth for nearly four years.

After Fry's death in 1882, his sons continued his work within the Salvation Army stretching across England, Scotland, France, Canada and Australia.

Despite their service, the three brothers resigned by the end of the 19th century.

The often overlooked story is now detailed in 'The Happy Family – Charles Fry & the First Salvation Army Band,' available at bookstores and Amazon.